Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate: Dr. Cynthia Speaks | by Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman | Nov, 2021

Topics: Caregiver – Supporting Veterans Caregiving

I am grateful to the veterans of my world. My father (army), husband (army), son (army), cousin (naNational Guard) and its cousin (Marine Corps). I cannot say that I understand the experiences of our armed forces. I never recruited and I never recruited. I value my freedoms and am very grateful to those who protected me and others. I understand war and peace. I understand the importance of military training and long-term deployment. I understand the word ‘sacrifice’ The threat of war, physical dismemberment and mental destruction. I understand that family members are involved in military life, and ultimately they provide most of the support to veterans. Families are said to serve too; Still, from a different lens. A caregiver’s experiences are often more challenging based on the severity of the service person’s need. The question is known ~ Support! provide! He listens! Act!

Returning a service veteran, man or woman to a community that has nurtured other citizens in various countries still faces continued support. Caregivers play a pivotal role in helping veterans find their new standard. There are many ways to get help, starting with the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency willing to provide support Veterans and disabled veterans with hidden but real needs. As we know, not all conditions are optical. No matter why veterans need to provide care, the focus is the same. Empathy, direction, structure, a listening ear, and country mitigating the reality of military challenges to help our veterans are essential. While we understand the care needed for veterans, we must also recognize that caregivers need help. Consider contacting the Veterans Administration’s Caregiver Support Program at www.caregiver.va.gov. as Your proactive caregiverRemember that the world, or the people in it, are readers of ideas. Communicate your needs out loud to family, friends, and organizations who can lead, guide, and help. Caregivers play an essential role in the health and well-being of veterans. As caregivers of veterans, you are making enormous sacrifices to care for our nation’s heroes. We thank you! Be safe! Be good! Bye.

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